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Midtown West
0.5 miles from The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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To taste what may be the continent’s best sushi, experience the contemplative and very exclusive ceremony of Chef Masa Takayama’s omakase. Everything h...
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Three MICHELIN Stars: Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey!
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Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed May 22, 2022 via mobile

High end authentic Japanese restaurant. It is a fixed price menu and it is not cheap probably one of the most expensive restaurants in New York. But the quality is high. Some of the best sushis that you may find in New York. Some of...the dishes however were not to my like. It could be a personal taste. Decor and ambience is authentic and pleasant. Service was excellent. They have no photographic policy which I find to be unrealistic and meaningless.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed February 24, 2022 via mobile

Ridiculous, bad service, fast food type of sushi… I don’t know how Michelin gives the stars!!?? Portions and plate setting were amateur

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 23, 2022

We had an absolutely perfect experience. After being shown to our table and ordering cocktails, the host came to tell us that two seats at the Chef's counter had opened and we would be served by Chef Masa himself. I couldn't believe it! Every. Single....Bite. Is. Heaven. I cannot say enough good things about it. The quality of the fish is unlike anything I've ever had. It is a ton of food, so come very hungry. You won't want to leave a single piece of rice on your plate. It is that good. The staff are incredible and anticipate your needs. I don't know how they are doing this but they are there the second you need anything. Yes, it's expensive. It is worth it. I would do it all over again. If you are ever considering treating yourself to the best sushi of your life then you must go here. And if you are lucky enough to be seated before Chef Masa, get ready for an incredible experience.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed January 12, 2022

3 Michelin stars is spot on. Sushi is extremely diverse and fresh. For Sushi lovers who are foodies, you must go here and give it a try. If you do not like Sushi, this is not the place for you. Every piece was freshly made...and brought to your plate with a special sauce or topping. Follow the chef's recommendations. The decorations and ambiance were spectacular. I could hear the water and lovely background music. Lighting was just perfect. The service was over-the-top. We had the chef's tasting menu with wine accompaniment. Every course meant that plates, utensils were changed. Table cleaned off. I do recommend the chef's table where you can watch everything they do. Go to restroom? They will be there to push your seat in. Run out of water? No way, ever. There is always someone behind you watching in case you need something. Some of the sushi was seared. Still raw, but using a sword-like long knife into the hot coals and then searing your sushi. Each course and wine was explained including where sourced. For the wine tasting, we were given options of all wine, all sake, or a mix. I do not like sake, but my wife mentioned that it was because I had never had good sake before. She was right. We both chose the mixed. We were offered a Kobe A5 add-on which we split. I do not like raw or rare beef. But this was great (completely raw like the sushi). There were a couple of cooked dishes, but those were mostly the appetizers. My favorite dish was the shiitake mushrooms seared over those coals and then topped with truffle oil. Oh my! Speaking of favorites, make note of yours because they will offer you one extra of your favorites at the end. The mushroom was my favorite. Cell phone usage is not allowed. Nice to be free of them and everyone around us too. And no pictures. At the end of dinner, we were allowed to take pictures. There is no one specifically to call out. This is because when everyone is exceptional, you cannot pick one. I must say, this was one of the most expensive two-person dinners I have ever had. The 16-course Joel Robuchon with premium-wine accompaniment was the only other one in this area. Specifically 1k+ per person.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed December 2, 2021 via mobile

This place is amazing The place is nice and comfortable The service is excellent The food is unbelievable This was incredible from beginning to end

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed May 16, 2020

the food was soggy and had been stale i had to wait 2 hours for a meal to come and all i wanted was to have food the good thing that is amazing is the drinks they are great

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed February 23, 2020

The best food ever! Top service! I ve been to all the top restaurants in nyc, thought per se was my fav but masa topped it, you won’t believe how good it is, worth every penny spent.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 13, 2020

We went to Masa Bar (because Masa is an outrageous $500 Omakase compared to Morimoto's Philly's Omakase of just over a $100 and spectacular) and ate 6 pieces of nigiri (2 of us): it was dry and mediocre. The nigiri in Cleveland (eg, Table 45)...is far superior. The 6 pieces of nigiri and one glass of rose wine (shared) with tip cost almost $90! Outrageous price for sorry food.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 26, 2020 via mobile

Ok. I know the price seems ludicrous. I know it’s kinda nuts to spend so much money on one meal. But imho some meals are worth it. And Masa was definitely worth it. Masa also has very large portions, which ended up being a heavy...meal. Too heavy for me anyway. The quality of the meal was out of this world. Tasty, unique, novel, daring, interesting, modern and downright delicious. I still think about a couple of the courses now months later. Memorable is an understatement. Yes, it’s all worth it in my opinion. My husband thinks so too. He took me out for my birthday dinner and all I can say is Wow and Thank You, My Love!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed October 19, 2019 via mobile

We like Japanese food, but MASA is an experience that we will never forget, the quality of the food was outstanding, everything was so fresh and delicious that we will repeat over and over when we get the chance and the money 💰 it is...quite expensive, but deserves every dollar. The services was impeccable every detail was taken care of . They don’t allow pictures . #bravomasaMore

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 11, 2019 via mobile

By far a top choice in Manhattan for sushi and Japanese food lovers. The waitress had an excellent knowledge of the menu, that always helps. We started with the oysters and the oyster shots. Delicious duck tacos and duck rice. Finishing our meal with some...sushi combination. Try it!!!!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed September 4, 2019

The experience at Masa, sitting at the sushi bar is absolutely amazing. The food, the ambiance, and the experience I will remember forever. At $1600 for dinner for two, I probably won't do it again. But I am absolutely glad I did do it once....It's worth it.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed September 1, 2019

Everything is bared back here, to me it appeared the only thing on show was the food and that is a really good thing. Everything about the food was delicious really an eating experience a journey so to speak. Service was top-notch informative, friendly without...being intrusive. We love Japanese food and have eaten it all over the world. I was very pleased that we made the decision to come here. Masa gives you an experience, In my opinion you’re not just eating food you are living it. The ingredients are top-notch and some of them very expensive for a restaurant to purchase which is probably why it is so expensive to eat here. I like the fact that some of the food is bite-size Pieces. The fish was sublime, the rice slightly firm which I like and the beef dishes were excellent. Sushi was an art form, I almost didn’t want to eat as it was so beautiful. I’m not a food critic so I don’t want to go into detail about what we ate because I’ll probably say the wrong words but as a lover of Japanese food I can tell you this much do yourself a favour and eat here at least once. We highly recommend.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 7, 2019 via mobile

We ate at the bar, the sushi was really really good, I really enjoyed the crab sushi was amazing! Definitely a place to go but be prepared is really expensive.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 25, 2019 via mobile

What can I say. No pictures allowed, so difficult to show you. Some 25 dishes (omakase style), I lost count. Amazing. Really. Yes, this is expensive, but the food is exceptional and well worth it. Add some wagyu beef and it’s another 150; but who...cares. It’s incredible. Chef Shuar was fantastic. Carefully teaching my 15-year-old son to learn how to appreciate REAL wasabi. And he did it. Will show some pics. Could not really take any because it was not allowed. We were of ourselves behind the bar; but I don’t post pictures of the family. Had a good half a bottle of red, while my beautiful wife had white. It’s an experience. And if you prefer, there is Bar Masa next door where you can try some things from the menu. The picture of the table is of a blonde hinoki wooden table that gets sanded down every day; as smooth as a babies behind. Incredible. Attention to detail is incredible!!More

Date of visit: July 2019
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3
  • Atmosphere: 4